Maurizio Schepici and Mario Petroni, aboard the Tommy One, conquered the new offshore world record on the Messina-Vulcano-Messina section. With an average speed of 90 knots and peaks between 100 and 105, Schepici and Petroni covered 70 nautical miles in 45 minutes and 17 seconds, improving on the record that already belonged to Tommy One (51 minutes and 44 seconds), set in 2020. Great satisfaction for Maurizio Schepici, who accomplished his sporting feat in the city of Messina where he was born and lived until the age of 18. “It wasn’t easy to conquer the goal – said Schepici – especially in the initial part of the route towards Acqualadrone and Milazzo, where we had to face very long and abnormal waves that didn’t allow us to go even faster”.
In the fastest stretch, shortly after Milazzo, the Tommy One nevertheless reached peaks of 105 knots, recovering precious minutes and managing to sail, despite the swell, with a truly impressive average. “We never gave up -Mario Petroni pointed out- because they wanted so much to accomplish this feat, for which we gave everything. We want to say thanks to those who have provided us with so much assistance like Nautica Femminò, their support has been invaluable, the Catanzaro family for medical/health assistance, to Tutta la Vita di Nino Fugazzotto who gave us assistance in the Aeolian Islands.Thanks also go to Doctor Pietro Franza for the hospitality at the Hotel Royal Palace, who hosted and pampered us for a week. Thanks also to all our sponsors who support us. A special thanks to the entire technical section of the Coast Guard of Messina, the Scuba Angels and the Italian Motorboat Federation and to the whole city of Messina”.
The award ceremony for the pilots was held at the Marina del Nettuno of the Blandina family, in the presence of the Mayor of Messina Federico Basile and the Councilor for Sport Massimo Finocchiaro, with the Municipality sponsoring the event. Many guests from the world of sport and entertainment attended the awards ceremony.